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Doug Clark: Spokane woman’s WWII collection a tribute to heroes – and her gumption

Jill Chandler began collecting photos and letters from World War II pilots as a teenager. Her collection now numbers some 400 photos and several thousand letters that together are a …


Washington’s newest national park at Hanford could draw 100,000 visitors by 2018

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is taking shape at Hanford and two other locations where the country during World War II crossed the threshhold into the Atomic Age.


Spokane Valley high school students learn about WWII from those who lived it

Students from two Spokane Valley high schools learned first-hand what life was like during wartime from residents of Harvard Park Retirement Community.


Navy pilot, lost in winter storm in 1945, to be honored at Veterans Cemetery

Andy Norberg was just a few months old when his father, a Navy Reserve pilot, disappeared and was presumed dead. “Some of the things that I knew, when I grew …


World War II veteran relates the keys to happiness

World War II veteran Les Ames is self-publishing his first book at age 96 - “Happiness is Life,” which tells the story of his service in the Pacific, his career …


Missing in America nonprofit lays 46 ‘lost’ local veterans to rest

Their cremated remains have been in storage at mortuaries and churches throughout the state, some for more than 40 years. On a blustery Tuesday morning, in handcrafted boxes of purpleheart …


Dispatches from Dachau

I t may have been chance that brought Clarice Wilsey face-to-face with her late father’s role in the liberation of Dachau. Or maybe it was fate. Nearly 10 years ago, …


Doug Clark: Tales of vegetation, devastation

An 88-year-old Spokane Valley resident wanted to “pass the torch” regarding some magic compost recipe he uses to make his flower and vegetable gardens magnificent year after year. Yeah. I …


Statue of WWII hero Boyington dedicated at Coeur d’Alene Airport

In a tribute to a hometown hero, a bronze statue of Maj. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington was dedicated Saturday evening at the Coeur d’Alene Airport-Pappy Boyington Field in Hayden. The famed …


Spokane woman to be honored for role in WWII Dutch Resistance

A Spokane great-grandmother will be honored in Olympia next week for her work as a teenage Dutch Resistance operative during World War II. Carla Olman Peperzak, 91, helped hide approximately …


Doug Clark: Crooner rocks the house at 101st birthday party

It’s Friday morning at Coeur d’Alene’s McGrane Center and show time for a remarkable woman named Betty Hollingsworth. Small and thin, snow-white hair arranged into tight pin curls, Hollingsworth rises …


Washington Senate honors early Civil Air Patrol members

OLYMPIA – Richard Hagmann was working at a war production plant in his native Los Angeles in 1941 when a friend of a friend told him about a new group …


Cindy Hval’s regular newspaper feature inspires book of WWII romances

Plenty of World War II-era books cover history, yet little ink captures the love stories behind the greatest generation. Young couples facing wartime trials forged relationships as seeds to 60- …


Adams-Kinard gets 20 years in death of WWII veteran

The families of a victim and his killer displayed grief, forgiveness and redemption Thursday as a Spokane judge sent 17-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard to prison for 20 years in the beating …


Freedom fighter: Spokane’s Carla Peperzak protected fellow Jews through Dutch Resistance during World War II

Carla Olman Peperzak donned a blue-and-white nurse’s uniform and made her way to Amsterdam’s Central Station. She had received word that an aunt and five cousins would be passing through …


Americans, Belgians mark Battle of the Bulge anniversary

BASTOGNE, Belgium (AP) — Braving snowy weather, Americans and Belgians gathered in the Ardennes region of Belgium on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the biggest and …


Pearl Harbor survivors mark 73rd anniversary in Spokane

On Sunday, the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Stars and Stripes STA bus delivered its precious cargo to the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The five …


Spokane veteran receives France’s highest honor for WWII service

After receiving the highest medal bestowed by the French government, William H. McIntosh was given a chance to address the several dozen family members and friends who came to the …


Spokane veteran receives France’s highest honor for service during WWII

After receiving the highest award bestowed by the French government, William H. McIntosh was given a chance to address the several dozen family members and friends who came to the …


Grandma’s Polish dumplings elicit delightful memories during holidays

She always kneaded the dough on a cutting board in her kitchen. So that’s what I did, too. Only, I was in my apartment nearly 200 miles away, and I …


World War II veteran: Never forget

Herbert “Bud” Kirchhoff makes a little joke about his feet getting old, saying he never expected that to happen. It’s impressive, not only because he’s 95, gets around just fine …


‘Fury’ delivers harsh war reality

This bit of heroics isn’t “what I wanted to do,” Brad Pitt’s battle-scarred sergeant, and a hundred movie sergeants before him, growl. “But it’s what we’re doing.” “Fury” is the …


Front Porch: Grateful to have told WWII veteran’s story

The fading late afternoon sun, blurred by the haze of wildfires, fell softly across the foot of his bed. A smoke-tinged breeze wafted through the open French doors. His once-commanding …


Restored B-29 ‘Fifi’ keeps World War II aviation alive

As lead navigator for the group that ended the war with Japan by dropping two atomic bombs, Wilbur Lyon was a witness to one of the most momentous turns of …


Spokane veteran recalls heartwarming, heartbreaking moments from D-Day

On a Sunday morning in the autumn of 1944, Idaho native Ben Brooks settled into his foxhole in liberated Luxembourg to write a letter while the rest of his squad …


Lawyer contends ‘Red Tails’ screenplay is his

An Energy Department lawyer with ties to Spokane is suing George Lucas, 20th Century Fox and other Hollywood bigwigs claiming they stole his screenplay for “Red Tails,” a movie about …


Police: Legendary star Mickey Rooney dies at 93

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and …


Calendar to honor Washington working women

Twelve women from Lewis County who spent World War II working at the Boeing plant in Chehalis or farming the fields around the county are all featured in the 2014 …


Prosecutors seek life sentence in WWII killing

BERLIN — German prosecutors are seeking a life prison sentence for a 92-year-old former Waffen SS member charged with killing a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944.


Pearl Harbor survivors mark anniversary in Spokane

Ray Garland knew only one thing on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941: He had a job to do. Garland watched for a moment as the bombs from Japanese forces …